John came to prepare the way for the Lord. In the desert he preached a “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” He came to bring a message that would transform people’s hearts and make them ready for Jesus.
The radical changes to the earth that Isaiah wrote about and Luke quotes are very dramatic – valleys are filled in, mountains laid low, and crooked paths made straight. Powerful things that only God could do. But John called for and calls today for us to undertake such radical transformations in our lives as well.
As we seek to prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ this Advent season, what valleys or low spots in or lives do we need God to lift us out of? What mountains or pedestals do we need to step down off of to allow humility in and God to be the one lifted up high? What crooked paths do we sometimes walk that we need the Holy Spirit to turn us from and to walk alongside us on the narrow path?
We anticipate a time of celebration as we remember Christ’s birth. We also need to be transformed by and made right with God. May we allow God to transform us and to lead us in a life that knows His saving grace. May we prepare Him room in our hearts.
Scripture reference: Luke 3: 3-6